Sharing the gospel, like public speaking, can be a nerve racking activity for many people. The reason is simple, we’re afraid of rejection. Religion is a controversial topic that people, both for and against it, can become very passionate about. To go out into your community to tell people about Jesus is, without a doubt, eventually going to bring the ire of some people upon you.
But for Christians, it is our calling and purpose. We are here on this Earth to Love the Lord, provide and care for our families, and share the gospel. One can look at it this way, life begins once we get to heaven. Between now and then our purpose is to try to get as many people as possible to come with us (I say that metaphorically. 2 Corinthians 5:17).
To share the gospel effectively we must begin with a reliance upon the Holy Spirit. Obviously, bringing people to Christ is a spiritual activity. To rely upon your own personal knowledge, charisma or a rehearsed dialogue in an effort to persuade people will always fail. As a matter of fact, God will not permit you to succeed while relying upon yourself because God said, “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. (Isaiah 42:8) God will not allow us to one day stand before him and proclaim, “Look at all that I did. Look at how great a job I’ve done.” It just doesn’t work that way. To God be the glory.
To rely upon the Holy Spirit while sharing the gospel means that before we even begin any effort to do so we start off asking the Holy Spirit to lead us, guide us and to give us the words to say. You can even present to Him your plans. For example, perhaps you’ve come up with the idea of going to a flea market to try to evangelize to people there. Present your plan to God and He will not only go with you but can also make arrangements to have the person there that He wants you to talk to. It’s not a coincidence when you just happen to sit down next to a person who’s desperate to find new meaning in life and has been crying out to God saying, “God if you’re real, show me.” God orchestrates these “random” meetings.
To share the gospel effectively we must rely upon the Holy Spirit to work through us.
In my next post I’ll write about specific methods for sharing the gospel, such as personal evangelism, lifestyle evangelism, friendship evangelism, street evangelism, internet evangelism and others. So follow this link to my next post – Methods of Evangelism.
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